When mom is behind the wheel with no other adult is on board, keeping kids under control is a challenge…and a safety necessity. In this post, you’ll find ideas for single moms (or anyone) who want to keep the kiddos entertained, all while throwing in some low key learning. (Which is always a win-win for those of us that homeschool.)
How to End Backseat Boredom
Ladies…start your engines! We’ve collected mom-tested, kid-approved activities to turn a car trip of any length into a time for learning.
Choose a Designated Navigator (Map Reading Skills)
GPS is a wonderful thing, but children need to understand that you can’t find the leprechaun’s pot of gold if you can’t read the non-digital map that takes you there.
Print out a map of your journey, with the route highlighted in a dark color. Appoint a child who will navigate, telling you where and when to turn. Booyah! You just taught your kids a dying art and help weaned them from relying on cell phone’s to guide them everywhere!
Visit the United States of Trivia
Everyone loves trivia. Just ask folks at the long-running TV hit show Jeopardy. You can use this fact to your advantage on any trip that takes you across the borders of your state:
Crown the State Trivia Champ (Memory)
This game takes a little bit of preparation on mom’s part, but only a little. Search Google with “(name of state) trivia” and you’ll be bombarded in fun facts, and some interesting tidbits to share with your kids.
On the trip out, you can share your trivia tidbits with your riders. Tell them there will be a reward for remembering what they learn. On the way home, turn the tables and ask them to give you state trivia. Who will be crowned State Trivia Champ?
Let Your Destination Be Your Guide
No matter where you’re headed, you’re likely to find sites of historical significance along the way. A little pre-trip planning will ensure that you hit the hot spots for learning.
Learning for Body and Mind
A suggestion of a museum or historic site often elicits a yawn from kids. However, ask them about making cornbread on an open hearth or learning to milk cows, and you may get a different answer.
Learning to do things is just as important as learning about things. Once you know your destination, look online for unique hands-on opportunities at farms, vineyards, and restoration villages.
An Oldie But a Goodie
This game makes it easy as pie for moms to help children learn the alphabet. Older kids get a kick out of playing it, when they’re encouraged to use their imagination and come up with zany, out of the ordinary answers.
The Alphabet Game
From A to Z, each person gives a name for a male and female, a location, and an occupation starting with that letter. (“A my name is Alice and I know a fellow named Al. We live in Alaska and we sell artichokes.” –or- “A my name is Alphonso and I know a girl name is Anastasia. We come from Albania and we sell afghans.”)
One of the great pleasures of road trips is going off-course and deviating from your plans to enjoy something unexpected. With these 4 simple activities you can keep your kids learning on the road and the best part is they may not even realize it!
Additionally, If you spot an unexpected attraction that ignites your children’s interest, go for it! You may all learn something new.
What are some fun activities you do on a road trip to keep your kids learning? Comment below.